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I have my Bachelors degree in Political Science from The University of California at Santa Barbara, a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Santa Clara Institute for Paralegal Education and my Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University. I was admitted to practice law in California on December 3, 1984.

My entire career as an attorney has been in the area of Family Law. I have been a sole practitioner since 1995.

I have been trained in mediation since 1989 and in Collaboration since 1995. I have limited my practice to only Mediation and Collaboration since early 1999 and have taken no cases involving litigation since then.

I teach Collaborative Practice and techniques to other attorneys as one of the trainers licensed through the Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley (the professional organization for local Collaborative practitioners) and I have served as President of that organization in 1997,1998 and in 2001. I am serving as Vice President in 2008. I have conducted trainings of Collaborative lawyers out of California. I served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (a founding member)for six years and I am a team attorney with Collaborative Alternatives in Cupertino.

My focus now is on practicing and promoting Collaboration and Mediation as alternatives to litigation in divorce proceedings. I absolutely do not support going to court as a means of going through what is already a difficult and painful experience for you and your family. My focus is to help you understand the legal system and the law as it relates to Dissolution of Marriage, to provide support, counsel and advice to you and let you make your own decisions. I am here to guide you through the process and let YOU make the important decisions that will affect the rest of your life as well as your childrens.

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